Stream Arcade Fire’s MSG Concert Live

By brandon / August 5, 2010

Tonight, starting at 10PM EST,  you can stream Arcade Fire’s Suburbs-toasting Madison Square Garden concert as it happens. The broadcast’s being directed by Terry Gilliam for the first installment of American Express, VEVO, and YouTube’s five-part UNSTAGED series. But Gilliam doesn’t see himself as “Director.” As he told the NY Times when asked about the genesis of the collaboration:

You mean [laughs] how the finger of God pointed down at me and said, ‘You are the chosen one? Help these young people out, save their careers,’ that sort of thing? Well, it was as long ago as two weeks ago when my agent was approached, saying they were doing a show at Madison Square Garden. They wondered if I could get involved with no time at all, which means there’s very little I can do. It’s all their work -– I’m just trying to make sure that it gets somehow seen on the web accurately. I’m not a director -– let’s put it that way –- in this instance. I’m just a follower. [laughs]

A follower and an Arcade Fire fan (he also mentions Sunset Rubdown, obviously, and Wolf Parade as “favorites”). You’ll get more indie rock shop talk and background info at ArtsBeat. More importantly … Anyone care to liveblog the MSG proceedings? Maybe they’ll cover Jay Reatard again. How many orgasm faces can we expect from Win? Watch at ArcadeFireVEVO and feel free to share.

Here’s what “Ready To Start,” “Rococo,” and “Empty Rooms (Feat. Owen Pallett)” looked and sounded like:

UPDATE: The setlist…

“Ready To Start”
“Neighborhood #2 (Laika)”
“No Cars Go”
“Haïti”
“Empty Room”
“The Suburbs”
“Crown Of Love”
“Rococo”
“Intervention”
“We Used To Wait”
“Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)”
“Rebellion (Lies)”
“Month Of May”
“Keep The Car Running”
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“Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)”
“Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)”
“Wake Up”